The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - April 25, 2019
In this issue:

◢  China – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (April 25-27, 2019)

◢  International Day of Multilateralism (April 24, 2019)

China – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (April 25-27, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Beijing from April 25 to 27.

During this visit, the minister will meet with his counterpart, Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and will represent President Macron at the 2nd edition of the Silk Road Forum. In the context of the guidelines set out by President Macron in his speech in Xian in January 2018, he will promote the European vision of sustainable connectivity, consistent with international norms and standards, between Europe and Asia.

In addition, the minister will open, on April 26, the 14th edition of the "Croisements" festival, a major-French-Chinese festival featuring around 50 cultural events in more than 30 Chinese cities, which will run until July 6, 2019.

International Day of Multilateralism (April 24, 2019)

Today, the UN is celebrating the first International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. This day provides an opportunity to remind ourselves that the multilateral structure built at the end of World War II, based on respect for international law and cooperation between states, should never be taken for granted.

As a result of the rise in populism and nationalism, the very principle of cooperation between states, respect for the principle of legal equality and the willingness to negotiate in good faith to find jointly agreed upon and respected solutions are currently being called into question. Yet, we have never been faced with so many challenges - and no state can claim that it can address them alone: duration and complexity, increased global inequality, climate and environmental emergency, emergence of new asymmetric threats, development of new technology.

In order to respond to these pressing challenges, international organizations must be supported and modernized; they must be able to form a network, by strengthening their connectivity with civil society at large - private sector, youth, parliaments and academic communities, in order to work in close cooperation and to respond to the concerns of the populations. This was the message conveyed today by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. France reaffirms its support for him with respect to the reforms initiated to modernize this organization, which remains the cornerstone of international cooperation and our collective security.

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